5 Holiday Movies You Must Watch Stoned

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Whether you feel sentimental about the approaching holidays or dread the added hassle, there is a movie out there featuring a kindred spirit. While known for their sugary sweet themes, many holiday movies are a buzz kill. If you're looking to kick back and relax with a holiday movie, consider these five holiday movies that won't ruin your high:

1. Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

Not particularly feeling the holiday spirit this year? They say misery loves company and there is no better company during the holiday season than Jim Carrey as The Grinch. While watching the classic animated Dr. Seuss rendition is a beloved tradition, the Jim Carrey version elevates the story with musical numbers, exciting graphics and impressive costumes. While suitable for the whole family, "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas" is much more enticing while stoned.

 

2. 8 Crazy Nights (2002)

With the success of his Hanukkah song, Adam Sandler expanded the sentiment by going animated in the movie "8 Crazy Nights." Despite the animation, this movie is actually catered toward adults. Facing dilemmas like legal troubles and alcoholism, the party animal character, voiced by Adam Sandler, must learn the true meaning of the holiday spirit. Dubbed as naughty and nice, the movie is just the right mix for whatever mood you find yourself in.

 

3. A Christmas Story (1983)

Reconnect with the spirit of your inner child with this classic Christmas tale. All little Ralphie wants for Christmas is a Red Ryder BB gun, but with every adult expressing concerns over safety, Ralphie tries a number of antics to get the coveted gun. From a risque lamp to a Chinese Christmas dinner, "A Christmas Story" is even more enjoyable while stoned. With light-hearted humor, this movie is sure to make you laugh with little thought -- leaving you plenty of time to combat those munchies.

 

4. A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas (2013)

Picking up six years after stoner pals Harold and Kumar's last adventure, "A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas" is packed full of holiday spirit and plenty of weed too. Join the two as they reach new highs -- and lows -- after burning down Harold's father-in-laws prized Christmas tree.

 

5. Bad Santa (2003)

"Bad Santa" aims to eliminate sappy holiday sentiments and instead, keeps it real. When "Bad Santa" (Billy Bob Thorton) isn't ripping off malls while posing as a jolly mall Santa, he spends the holidays drinking, smoking and lounging on the couch. Despite his countless habits, however, he can't seem to escape the spirit of the season. With plenty of raunchy humor and outlandish scenarios, being stoned is certainly the only way to truly appreciate "Bad Santa."

Cannabis Cocktails for Christmas

Christmas is a fun time to experiment with new cannabis recipes. The following cocktail recipes all use cannabis-infused alcohol to provide an interesting twist. They’re just what you need to liven up a Christmas party. But first you will need to watch this video to learn how to make your very own Cannabis-Infused Vodka. Next try mixing it with one of these tasty holiday delights.

1. Canna Cane Cocktail

Mix two ounces of your cannabis vodka with one ounce of peppermint schnapps and top up with cranberry juice.

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Shake the mixture with ice and pour into a martini glass. Coat the rim of the glass with crushed candy canes, using sugar syrup to help them stick.

2. Cannabis Colada

Shake 1-2 ounces of cannabis vodka with half an ounce of coconut cream, an ounce of milk, one egg, some pineapple juice, a pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg, and plenty of ice. Pour into a glass and top with coconut shavings and cinnamon. If you’re feeling tropical, garnish with a slice of fresh pineapple.

Feeling intimidated.  Have no fear, check out this handy how to video.

3. Cannaberry Cocktail

Cannaberry cocktails are perfect for those times when you want to enjoy something sweet and fruity.

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In a blender, combine cannabis vodka with fresh strawberries, pineapple, lemon-lime soda and ice. Blend for 30 seconds, pour and top with a mint leaf. Pink, fresh and tasty!

4. Bloody Mary With a Twist

If you need the hair of the dog the day after a heavy drinking session, there’s only one thing better than a Bloody Mary, and that’s a cannabis-infused Bloody Mary! Mix the classic ingredients in a cocktail shaker: tomato juice, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, horseradish and pepper. Add 1-2 ounces of cannabis vodka, pour into a short glass, and add the traditional celery stick and olive for a cannabis lover’s twist on a classic cocktail.


 

5 Gifts to Give Your Cannabis Enthusiast This Holiday Season

 

It's official: The holiday season is upon us. With the arrival of the holidays, the spirit of giving is alive and well. While some recipients prove easy to shop for, with mom's annual bath soaps and your cousin's standard gift card, others can leave you truly at a loss. Fortunately, if any of these hard-to-shop-for individuals are cannabis enthusiasts, we've got you covered. Consider these five gift ideas:

1. Declare War on the Munchies

Nothing says "Happy Holidays" quite like combating an attack of the munchies. While chips and chicken nuggets will inevitably get the job done, embrace the spirit of the holiday season by presenting your favorite cannabis enthusiast with freshly baked chocolate chip cookies.

 

If you're feeling extra generous, purchase a package or two of chocolate cookie edibles from Apothekare dispensary, baked with savory chocolate and 200 mg of cannabis.

2. Present the Gift of Freedom

Vaporizers are rapidly growing in popularity among cannabis enthusiasts because of their discrete nature. There are a number of different makes and models that can accommodate dry herb, wax or extract oils. This makes a vaporizer an ideal gift for old-school enthusiasts, as well as the more innovative cannabis lover. If your giving a vape to a newbie, make sure they take a look at this handy video first.

3. Give Tools of the Trade

From pipes and grinders to stash boxes and wrappers, there is an endless array of much needed tools for cannabis users.

 

The greatest part of giving one of these items is that with such a wide variety of options, you never have to worry about giving your cannabis enthusiast a tool they already have. The plethora of styles and designs, along with many options for custom, personalized pieces, ensures that you give the ultimate gift.

4. Deliver Pain Relief and Relaxation

Cannabis gifts aren't limited to consumable forms of cannabis. Topical products for pain relief or relaxation are also quite popular. Whoopi and Maya Medical Cannabis Bath Soak offers long-lasting and effective pain relief, making it the gifts that keep on giving. Want to learn more. Check out this podcast, where Whoopi herself discusses the benefits of her new cannabis products.

5. Hand Over the Greatest Gift of All

Can't decide on the perfect gift? Stick with a tried and true approach: a good old-fashioned bag of your pal's favorite strain of cannabis.

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Whether a relaxing Indica, an energizing Sativa or anything in-between, we are proud to offer potent and high-quality strains of each form. As an added bonus, you can skip the gift wrap for this one, but you should still probably avoid gifting this one in front of grandma.

 

TOP TIPS FOR A BETTER HIGH

 

From seasoned stoners to newbies, everyone can use a little help enhancing their high once in awhile. With the marijuana industry growing at such a rapid rate, there's new tips and tricks being discovered each day to ensure you get the best high possible. Here are a few of ours.

Grind it

Our top tip for a better high is something it seems most novices and experienced stoners alike tend to forego. Grinding your weed not only ensures you aren't packing stems or seeds, but it also leads to a more even burn. However, the best part is the kief that gets caked up in the grinder as a result. Sprinkle a little kief on top of a bowl for a super concentrated THC experience.

Not sure where to start, check out this handy Grinder 101 video.

Up the THC

THC is a cannabinoid in weed that acts as the main psychoactive ingredient. If you've purchased medical marijuana that's used solely for pain purposes, the THC might be lower. Make sure you're smoking weed high in THC to get the most bang out of your bong.

Take a break

We've all been there. Our favorite strain of pot just doesn't quite give us the same euphoric high as before. It's okay. That's normal. Try taking a tolerance break to let your body, and lungs, recharge. Give yourself a few days to let your tolerance wane so that the next time you smoke, you'll feel like it's your first time again.

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Inhale!

If President Obama can do it, then so can you. Nothing brings on a better high than inhaling deeply to ensure you're getting the most out of the THC. Inhaling the smoke into your lungs will increase your high and possibly increase the number of cool smoke rings, clouds, animals and shapes you can blow out afterward.

Mix it up    If your go-to method is your favorite Sativa strain smoked through a pipe every single day, then you're likely in need of a change. Switch it up and smoke out of a bong, make weed brownies, or try vaping. All of these alter the kind of high you experience, and sometimes mixing it up, especially the strain, can lead to a better high.    Looking for a little HI-nsperation? Check out this video.     

Mix it up

If your go-to method is your favorite Sativa strain smoked through a pipe every single day, then you're likely in need of a change. Switch it up and smoke out of a bong, make weed brownies, or try vaping. All of these alter the kind of high you experience, and sometimes mixing it up, especially the strain, can lead to a better high.

Looking for a little HI-nsperation? Check out this video. 

 

However you decide to enhance your high, remember that everyone's body reacts differently to medical marijuana, and if one tip doesn't work for you, it just means you should try some others. Happy blazing, folks. Here's to hoping your high keeps getting better and better.

What Variables/Factors Go Into The Price Of Weed?

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With the legalization of medical marijuana and recreational marijuana across several states, pricing weed has become a hot topic. There is no clear rhyme or reason to how some dispensaries or businesses price their product. That's because recreational marijuana is decentralized. However, medical marijuana isn't far off with how diverse its pricing can be, either. Several factors can impact the price of weed. Here are some key variables to consider.

Product Type and Quality

Just as branding can impact the price of clothing, branded products, including celebrity-backed brands, may impact the price of weed. Additionally, factors such as the amount of THC in the product, the product's method of production, and its terpene levels can impact price. That's because these conditions can change the quality of the weed.

Supply and Demand

The demand for weed and its available amount directly impacts the pricing of weed. If the supply of weed goes down and the demand is high, dispensaries can validate charging more for the product. That's because a shortage of a product can drive its value. For example, legalized marijuana impacted the pricing of weed when it first came onto the market in Washington. However, when there's a greater supply than demand, the buyer has the power as dispensaries start to compete on price. Washington experienced the impact of having more supply of weed than demand for the product as well. As more supply became available, the wholesale and retail prices of weed dropped. One study noted that the price of weed continued to drop by 2 percent every month between July 2014 and March 2016.

Black Market

The black market also can affect the pricing of legalized marijuana. The black market was the original method by which most people purchased the product. Black market sellers can easily undercut the prices of legal dispensaries that are priced too high.

Final Thoughts

From location to supply and demand, several factors play a role in the price of weed. However, buying from a reliable and trustworthy source is vital to getting the marijuana you need. It's important to consider a fully licensed dispensary with knowledgeable staff and a variety of weed selections, such as Apothekare, to meet your medical marijuana needs.

A GUIDE TO GETTING HIGH WITH THE FAM  THIS THANKSGIVING

No Thanksgiving would be complete without greens, right? And, we're talking about the good kind that makes your weird Uncle Ted tolerable, dare we say even likable, not the kinds that get shoved underneath a napkin.

As more and more states begin to legalize medical marijuana, it has the ability to quickly rise to fame as another spirit to be consumed during the holiday season. After all, nothing says cheer and thanks, like passing around a packed bowl with the cousins, aunts, uncles and maybe even grandma.

How to Approach the Subject

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This one can be tricky. Start by slyly bringing it up with a close cousin, sibling or someone of similar age to gauge their interest.

If there are certain family members who aren't open to it, it's important not to push the subject. Make sure you're armed with facts about the safety of marijuana, and maybe even a few uplifting anecdotes.

If you end up smoking solo, remember to keep your smoke to yourself with Smoke Buddy and some eye drops to keep it all conspicuous.

In a pinch and don't have a Smoke Buddy on you? That's okay. Check this out to see how to make a DIY sploof (to keep the smell out and the good vibes in).

How to Pick the Method

Bongs, pipes, joints, spliffs -- there are many a term today for smoking our favorite leaf. This all depends on the legality of marijuana in your state as well as the comfortability of you and your family members.

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Unless your family are experienced cannabis users, we suggest utilizing a vaporizer or small pipe. While bongs may be the most common way to get high, bongs people tend to take in a large hit that can often lead to people (namely newbies) getting uncomfortably high.

Sativa or Indica?

If you're new to this -- marijuana comes in two forms: indica or sativa. Basically, all you need to know is that indica induces a relaxing, sometimes very lethargic body high while sativa creates an uplifting, more energetic high. For this reason, we'd suggest a sativa or hybrid that's sativa-heavy.

How to Enjoy

 

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To make the most out of this Thanksgiving high, we suggest picking a holiday or comedy movie that the entire family loves. We suggest Christmas Vacation or everybody's favorite, Elf. Both have been high-approved by us. To get a preview to excite the fam, check them out here:

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Or, try breaking out the board games (Cards Against Humanity or Bananagrams are suefire hits), or taking a nature walk with everybody in tow.

Regardless of how you decide to enjoy getting high with the family this Thanksgiving, remember to obey local laws, relax and let each family member participate in a way that makes them most comfortable.

A Beginners Guide To Dabing

Dabbing has been around for decades, but it only recently became a popular way for cannabis users to take their medication. It's quite a bit different from hitting a bong or sparking a bowl, though, so you’ll need a little information to help make your first dabbing experience enjoyable.

Equipment for Dabbing

Before you can dab, you need to get the right gear:

  • Water pipe

  • Blowtorch (kitchen torch is fine)

  • Dabbing nail

  • Dome, depending on the type of nail you get

  • Dabber wand

  • Some wax

Companies usually make nails in titanium, ceramic and glass. Apothekare mostly carries titanium nails because they retain heat well and hold up over time.

Season Your Nail

Nails can have residues from the manufacturing process. You don’t want to inhale fumes from this nastiness, so get rid of it by using your torch to heat the nail until it turns red. Sprinkle a few drops of water on the hot nail. Once it vaporizes, you have a clean nail you can use immediately.

 

Prepare Your Smoking Rig

If you have a traditional water pipe, you can usually put the nail in the bowl attachment. For most designs, the nail will slide right in. Now, pour a little water into your bong’s chamber so you get smooth, delicious hits.

Don't pour in too much water, though, or you can get a mouthful when you take big hits.

Get Ready to Dab

It’s time to try your first dab!  To learn more watch this video or continue reading below.

 

Use your torch to heat the nail until it starts to turn joint cherry red. At this point, it’s extremely hot, so you should hold off for a second before you start smoking. Giving the nail 10 to 45 seconds to cool will improve the taste of your smoke. It’s worth the short wait, especially when you have a delicious wax like Lemonade Shatter or Cookies & Cream Shatter.

After you tolerate the nail's time to cool, use your dabber wand to collect a small amount of wax. Start with a small amount, about the size of a BB. Wax contains a lot of THC, so you don’t want to accidentally over-medicate your first time.

Now, use your dabber wand to rub the wax onto your hot nail. It will start to smoke instantly. Place your mouth over the bong’s mouthpiece (no duh) and inhale as you normally would when smoking cannabis flowers (e.g., pot). You should notice a tasty flavor, followed quickly by a high that makes you feel terrific.

As a newbie, one dab will probably do the job. As your body gets used to dabs, though, you can start taking bigger or more hits to reach the level you want. For now, test the waters to see how you respond to dabs. If you enjoy, then you may have discovered your new favorite way to medicate.

 

Before You Imbibe: What You Need to Know About Edibles

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For many people, smoking is the only way to experience Marijuana. The inhaled drug crosses the blood-brain barrier quickly, so the user feels the effects almost right away. This allows the user to more carefully monitor their intake.

There are clear disadvantages to smoking, however. Marijuana's distinct smell isn't always welcome in public settings, smoking anything in a hospital setting is prohibited, and potential damage to the user's lungs is a well-documented risk.

Edibles are a viable alternative to smoking marijuana that doesn't have these specific disadvantages. Medical marijuana users get all of the benefits of THC without the drawbacks when they choose edibles.

Understanding the following points about using edibles will help you maximize the benefits while minimizing the risks.

Edibles aren't a snack

Because it may take as long as an hour to feel the effects of an edible, start with 1/2 of the recommended dose. With edibles, more is not better. Wait at least an hour before ingesting another 1/2 dose. For beginners, it's important to understand that everyone's body processes the drug differently. Get to know your personal tolerance and pay attention to labels to avoid overdose and unpleasant side effects.

Try one thing at a time

Choose only one type of edible to try. Each method of delivery (brownies, cookies, gummies) may have a different concentration of THC. Generally, 10 milligrams at a time is a maximum dose for first-time users.

Edibles usually provide a more subtle high than smoking, so pay attention to how your body reacts and go slow at first. When you feel comfortable increasing your dosage or if you'd like to try a different type of edible, try to stay below 10 milligrams per hour.

Enjoy edibles on a full stomach

Medicinal edibles work best on a full stomach. Be sure to eat a balanced meal and avoid foods that may cause heartburn or nausea prior to using edibles. When taken on an empty stomach, THC may cause negative side effects.

CBD oil is a great alternative

Derived from the cannabis plant, CBD oil is devoid of THC as well as other psychoactive effects. Known for having a confounding effect on THC, taking a CBD capsule can help reduce unpleasant feelings such as panic and paranoia.

Overall, just like with other substances, the key to using marijuana edibles safely and effectively lies in the ability to purchase quality products from a trusted source and not overdoing it. Given that it may take a while to realize the effects, it is always best to start off slow to learn your own personal tolerance level.

Come into Apothekare today to try one of our delicious edibles! Open 7 days a week, our cannabis shop offers the best specials in town!